Californian brain researchers have investigated how much the price of wine influences the assessment of the drinker – with amazing results. Wine tasters judged expensive wines to be superior to cheaper ones, even when in reality they were drinking the same wine.
In 2014 residents of Flint, Michigan, began to complain about the taste, smell and colour of the water flowing from their taps. Tests revealed that the city’s drinking water was highly corrosive as well as being contaminated with dangerously high levels of lead.
With its jet-black gondolas, lofty domes and iconic canals, Venice is one of the most instantly recognisable places on the planet. However, the “Floating City”, which has inspired hundreds of paintings and songs, has a serious problem: it’s sinking at a rate of 2mm per year.
It was one of the worst industrial disasters in history: in 2010, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank, releasing 4.9 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico (pictured) and causing widespread damage to the area’s wildlife.
Today the USA is the most popular safe haven worldwide among neo-Nazis. Figures gathered by authorities estimate that around 30,000 right-wing radicals call the US home. 250,000 more Americans nurse sympathies for the neo-Nazi scene.
On 22nd November 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald shoots John F. Kennedy. Conspiracy theorists see Oswald’s second shot as a ‘magic bullet’ because Oswald hit not just the then-US president, but also Texas governor John Connally, who was travelling with him. How could one bullet hit two people?
If all the glaciers and ice caps at the North and South Poles melted, sea levels would rise by 66 metres. Berlin and London – as well as the whole of Denmark and the Netherlands – would be submerged under several metres of water (map, right).